Due to forest fires in Western Colorado, our annual fly fishing trip was cancelled at the last minute, so we decided to do a coffee and sightseeing tour of Denver, Colorado Springs, Santa Fe, and Albequerque. So far, in Denver we have visited Sweet Bloom, Huckleberry, and Corvus Coffee. Also made a stop at at Loyal Coffee in Colorado Springs. We have been following the Food and Wine list of recommended coffee shops. Happy to share my impressions of those places but it seems like they have been covered in other threads.
But the highlight of the trip was our visit yesterday to Cutbow Coffee in Albuquerque NM. All I can say is WOW. The atmosphere reflects a very creative fly fishing theme. Admittedly, I am biased as a fly fishing fan (and this was supposed to be a fly fishing trip), but there is no doubt the coffee shop feels well decorated, spotlessly clean, and modern. The baristas were incredibly friendly, as I still consider myself a coffee novice, and helped walked me through each of their coffees and their flavor profiles.
The first thing I tried was their cold brew iced coffee. They shared that it was hot coffee over ice brewing method. What impressed me most was that even the little details they pay attention to. It was not until I had finished my iced coffee that I noticed that they were using frozen coffee for the ice cubes so the ice didn't dilute the coffee as it melted. Simple, but genius.
But it's all about the espresso, right? I tried their summer blend and a single origin Ethiopian. Both were outstanding! I bought some of their single origin Ethiopian coffee beans to try on my BDB, so can't wait to do that when I get home. Without a doubt, though, the mind blowing moment was their "Gomositta" which they describe as Cutbow espresso over a house made marshmallow. Easily the best coffee drink I have ever had. The home made marshmallow made the drink - it's so good in fact, I will be going back there shortly before we head to Santa Fe just to try it one more time. Check out the photo below.
This place gets an A+ in my book, and is everything a coffee shop should ideally be. If you are in the Albuquerque area, run don't walk to Cutbow!